LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
Section: 002 Corpus linguistics
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The goal of this course is to learn how to obtain quantitative data from linguistic corpora and how to use them to make linguistic arguments. We shall look at a variety of corpora, such as transcribed lexicons (e.g., English, German, Dutch, and Chinese), spelled lexicons (many such languages), phoneme inventories (P-base and UPSID), written corpora, and spoken corpora. We shall also discuss how to build a corpus using materials from the internet.

Practice projects will cover how to obtain quantitative data in phonotactics, syllable structures, lexical frequencies, neighborhood density, phoneme inventory generalizations, feature generalizations, markedness, and cooccurrence patterns of words. We shall mainly use Excel to program and process data, although you are welcome to use other programming languages.

Each student is expected to write a term paper, using quantitative data obtained from one or more corpora, in order to critique a published study, to improve on it, or to solve a new problem.

LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with 792.002
002 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780748611652
Corpus linguistics : an introduction, Author: McEnery, Tony, 1964-, Publisher: Edinburgh University Press 2001
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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